Hundreds of children enjoyed an ‘Unconventional Holiday’ in the Garden of the Râșnov Fortress. Over 220 creative workshops and an interactive station called ‘The story of a tricolour flag – 2018’ were organised and the book ‘The story of a tricolour flag – 2018’ was published. The events were part of a series of projects taking place in the premises of a Romanian heritage landmark, using the methods of non-formal education.
A message for Romania
For the Centenary celebration station called ‘The Story of a Tricolour Flag – 2018’, the visitors had at their disposal a special stand with pieces of fabric in the three colours of the Romanian flag, on which they wrote Centenary messages. The pieces of fabric were then glued on wooden panels, thus creating a gigantic flag within the premises of the Batory Tower, in the Garden of the Fortress. The tourists admired the enormous flag and read the messages dedicated to the Centenary.
The book and story of the flag
The people who left messages on the pieces of fabric were given copies of the book entitled ‘The Story of a Tricolour Flag – 1918’. The book tells a story collected by Mr. Ioan Ion Diaconu in 1980, based on actual events that happened in a village in the Apuseni Mountains in 1918. Back then, the women in the village created the tricolour flag that people carried, going to Alba Iulia on foot, to establish the Great Union of 1918. The flag is unusual due to its colours, as the pieces of fabric had been gathered from all the people in the village.
Actually, the flag is still kept at the National Museum of Romanian History.
In a matter of weeks, over 2000 people left a message on the occasion of Romania’s Centenary anniversary. The project called ‘An Unconventional Holiday’ was co-funded by Brasov County Council, through the cultural events funding programme. The event was organised with the support of Râșnov Town Hall, in partnership with the ‘Mioritics’ Association.